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August 27, 2019

Montefiore Recognized by Nation’s Largest LGBTQ Civil Rights Organization

NEW YORK  – Montefiore has been designated as a “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader,” for going beyond the basics when it comes to LGBTQ patient care and an inclusive workplace environment for associates.

The designation was awarded by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), in the 12th edition of their Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which assesses participants on four criteria: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and Patient and Community Engagement.

“HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index is used by the LGBTQ community to find healthcare aligned with their individual needs so this honor means a lot,” said Alana Murphy, Organizational Change Management Consultant and Program Chair to the Healthcare Equality Index for the Human Rights Campaign at Montefiore. “We are proud that our commitment to equity and inclusion is being recognized by the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.”

Along with being the first health system to participate in the NYC Pride March, Montefiore has established many programs and training opportunities to address the LGBTQ community’s needs and help employees understand LGBTQ terminology, gender identities and sexual orientation. Notably, Montefiore is the largest single-site HIV care program in New York State, and has been on the forefront of HIV/AIDS care for youth for over 30 years, providing mental health care and support services, as well as Trans* care and primary care for LGBTQ youth, ages 13-24.

“Every day, we focus on caring for each patient and associate with respect.  We are happy our efforts have been recognized by the HRC as one of the top healthcare leaders in LGBTQ equality.”said  Ms. Murphy.

 

About Montefiore Health System

Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and more than 200 outpatient ambulatory care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.